It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time.
The film had been set for a Dec. 1 release in India. Related company, Paramount Pictures was recently announced as handle the worldwide distribution, in a day-and-date date release, coordinated with the outing in India.
While announcing a “voluntary deferment” of the film’s release, Viacom18 said that it had faith in legal process. And that it expected to announce a new date soon.
But Netflix is opting to maintain its policy of not releasing box office numbers after opening its awards candidate “Mudbound” in 17 theaters this weekend. Netflix also began streaming the well-reviewed historical drama on Friday.
A24’s third weekend of comedy-drama “Lady Bird” moved up from 10th to eighth place with $2.5 million at 253 sites as the distributor added 201 locations. A24 plans to further expand the coming-of-age movie, which marks Greta Gerwig’s feature directorial debut, over the Thanksgiving holiday. “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe, scored $364,437 on four screens for the top limited opening of the year on Nov. 3-5 and has grossed $4.7 million in its first 17 days.
The costly superhero tentpole is ahead of the international opening weekends for Warner’s “Wonder Woman” and Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.” In China, where “Justice League” screened at 20,500 screens, the film took in 65% of grosses from the top five films and scored the second biggest debut for a Warners title after last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“Justice League” ranked first in 10 other Asian markets with $41.2 million as the second highest Warner Bros. launch after “Dawn of Justice” while Latin America region contributed $35.4 million for the third highest Warner opening after “Dawn of Justice” and the final Harry Potter movie. Results from Europe topped “Wonder Woman” and were slightly behind “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Brazil was the top individual market after China with $14.2 million on 1,580 screens and set a record
At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a neat category or label – and that’s a strength.
“It is all things: satire. It’s an action movie. It’s a comedy. It’s a drama. It’s a thriller. It’s a horror movie,” Blum told Variety. “That’s what makes it great, is that you can’t put it in a box.”
The critical response to the genre film has been very inspiring, Blum said, in part because it has brought an ongoing conversation about structural racism to the fore.
“The movie is making people think that you can really use genre to tell very, very
The inspiring biopic, “Marshall,” which opened in October, focuses on an early case the young Marshall takes on in Connecticut, defending a black chauffeur accused of rape and attempted murder against his rich, white employer. As the future jurist on the highest court in the land develops his strategy, viewers come to grips with the extent of racism and bias in the justice system that’s hardly limited to the South.
Set in 1940 and featuring “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman as Marshall, the courtroom drama avoids simple hero myths and portrays the defense attorney’s substantial (and deserving) ego as a factor that may endanger his success, as Variety reviewer Peter Debruge points out.
The true story, in which Marshall’s employer,
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Though early in the discussion, co-creator Rob McElhenney said they were preparing to start up the writers’ room again, but would not say whether Glenn Howerton will be returning for the 2018 season.
“We’re getting back to the writers’ room in February ,” McElhenney said. Later in the discussion, he said production is slated to start in April and the release date would be in the fall of 2018.
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They were more tight-lipped when pressed about Howerton’s return.
“Eh, damn it,” Howerton said when first asked about coming back. Despite the crowd’s cheers for him to return,
“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”
Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
Miller and Lord’s previous collaborator Bill Lawrence, who was on the panel with them, followed up that statement by noting their generosity and also stating that, as their friend, “I hope that movie shits the bed.”
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But the movie marks a disappointment in relation to its $300-million production cost–before worldwide marketing expenses. Yet again, DC and Warners seem to be whiffing this crucial Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman franchise at bat against rival Disney/Marvel– which just delivered a home run with “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Nonetheless “Justice League” boosted the weekend — with help from a surprisingly strong showing for family heart-tugger “Wonder” (Lionsgate) — to more than $200 million total box office. That’s more than $40 million ahead of last year, when “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” debuted to $79 million.
Boasting a robust ensemble of familiar superheroes and fresh franchise entries including Aquaman, the epic was expected to reach $110 million or better.
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